Angelica Tulimiero

Artist Statement

The exploration of textures has been and still is an incredible journey, guiding me in my work. I am instinctively attracted to intricate surfaces. I find them everywhere and the more I research the more I realize how everything is made of patterns. Matter has its own inner structure, an inner world made of repetitive forms. I project myself into this fractal world following the guidance of nature that suggests an unlimited variety of structures and textures. I laboriously play to interpret these forms and the perception of movement they create. Though drawn from the imagination, my creations reference our world and the atoms of which it is composed.

-- Angelica Tulimiero

Bio

I believe that my love for ceramics started when I was a child and I used to go visit my grandparents in Naples and my grandmother would take me to her ceramic studio she shared with a friend and her sister. They wouldn’t let me do much there, but they let me paint once or twice and I remember I loved everything about that space. The colours in the jars, the kiln, the tools….Only now I can see how all these influenced my choices in life.

I studied ceramics in high school at the Istituto d’Arte de Luca in Avellino, where I have learned the Majolica techniques.

In 1998 I lived in London and I started working for Stoltzman and Thomas Sculptural Ceramics as studio assistant, I begun to grow a passion for clay working on their sculptural garden pots and fountains, pressed in moulds. I then started a ceramic course at Morley College, London, with Jill Crowley, that totally inspired me and on her advice I also took an Art Foundation course at the College.

Once I was back in Italy, in a beautiful small town by the sea near Naples, I worked for various local ceramicist and I started creating my own designs.

Since then (2005) I began my personal research in clay, strongly influenced by the surrounding natural environment.

I mainly hand-build, using stoneware, porcelain and sometimes terracotta. I wood fire and gas fire as I build paper kilns for demonstration.

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